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UKHO Phases Out Admiralty Paper Charts

UKHO Phases Out Admiralty Paper Charts
Posted: Jul 27, 2022
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Durable, tangible, and with no batteries required for use, the paper chart has been a mainstay of maritime navigation for centuries. Generations of mariners have relied on paper charts for voyage planning and positioning. But the times have changed, and automatically-updating electronic charts have become the default option - especially after the SOLAS mandate for the transition to ECDIS took effect.

On Tuesday, the UKHO announced that it will also phase out global paper chart production by late 2026. Its Admiralty charts are the most widely used paper charts globally, and the decision will affect stakeholders in many regions; however, UKHO says, most mariners have already made the switch to digital.
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